Whiteley organises Christmas raffle to raise funds for local mental health charity

Whiteley shopping centre has teamed up with WAVE, a local mental health charity, to launch an online raffle to help raise funds in the run up to Christmas.

A variety of local businesses and retailers from across the centre and the Fareham area have donated a range of items to create three giant prize bundles. Worth a total of £850, the hampers include gift cards from Whiteley’s Boots, wagamama, The Entertainer and Cineworld, as well as an array of festive essentials and beauty treats.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase online for £2.50 from now until midnight on Thursday 13th December, with the lucky winners being revealed on 16th December by a member of the community and Olympic gold medallist, Eilidh McIntyre, at the Hayling Island Sailing Club.

The online raffle is part of Whiteley’s ongoing support to WAVE, which is based in Hayling Island and provides support for young people with bullying, mental health and isolation.

Whiteley’s centre director Mia Gordon is a proud trustee for the charity and the centre’s co-owner, British Land, recently donated £1,000 to fund mental health support workers at Highbury College in Portsmouth.

Mia Gordon, centre director at Whiteley, said: “The wellbeing of our community is extremely important to us and we are always looking for ways we can support them. WAVE is a charity that’s very close to my heart and we are so grateful for the prize donations from our retailers.

“At just £2.50 a ticket, I would encourage everyone to get involved not just for the chance to win some fabulous prize bundles, but also to donate to this wonderful cause.”

Issy Scott, Founder of WAVE, commented: “We’d like to say a huge thanks to the Whiteley team, this is a brilliant initiative that will really help us to continue to provide support to young people in our community. We are so grateful to everyone who has bought a raffle ticket so far and look forward to announcing the winners in the run up to Christmas.”

To purchase tickets, please visit www.wavehayling.co.uk/raffle before midnight on Thursday 13th December.